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Have a Healthy Easter

Posted on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Mandarin OrangesWhat’s in your children’s Easter basket? Typically, an Easter basket is filled with more candy and sugar than is healthy. Another health concern comes from the unrefrigerated Easter eggs. Here are some tips to help your family have a very healthy Easter.

The Egg Safety Center has advice about how to safely color and decorate hard-boiled eggs. First, you need to thoroughly wash your hands and the area you will be working in. If you aren’t going to dye your hard-boiled eggs right away, they need to go into the refrigerator. Don’t color any eggs that are cracked. Eggs that crack while you are dying them need to be thrown away.

Throw away any hard-boiled eggs that have been out of the refrigerator for more than two hours. They aren’t safe to eat. Parents need to be very aware of how long the hard-boiled eggs have been sitting in their children’s Easter baskets. Will you be hiding Easter eggs for an egg hunt? Be careful to avoid putting eggs in places where they will come into contact with dirt, pets, wild animals, reptiles, insects, or lawn chemicals.

Annie’s makes several snacks that are shaped like bunnies. Their fruit snacks are organic and can be found in most grocery stores. Each box of Annie’s fruit snacks includes individually wrapped packages. This makes them as easy to toss into an Easter basket as candy would be.

Small boxes of raisins are another alternative to candy. Do your kids like clementines or cuties? Those “little oranges” can safely sit out, unrefrigerated, until your child finds his or her Easter basket. Put some yogurt covered, or chocolate covered, nuts into some of the plastic Easter eggs.

Another way to avoid going overboard on candy is to put non-edible treats into the Easter baskets. Board books about Easter are great for little kids (especially if the book has flaps to open). Parents can read the book to their child, or make it a new bedtime story. Small containers of Play Dough are another good choice. Manipulating Play Dough is a good way to improve small motor skills.

Pick toys that encourage kids to go outside and play. Bubbles work best outside on a slightly windy day. Sidewalk chalk requires a driveway to use as a canvas. Drawing requires children to use their imaginations. Two or more children could create an “art show” of their drawings for parents to enjoy.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.